Lorry runs over and kills 2 Bangladeshis working for Gammon at Mandai Depot

LTA says working with Gammon and Jurong Primewide over compensation for the victims.

Singapore: Lorry accident kills 2 workers at Mandai Depot worksite
Representational image of a worksite Reuters

Two men died after a lorry ran over them on Thursday at the worksite of Mandai Depot, a part of the upcoming Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL), in Singapore. The police have arrested the 54-year-old lorry driver.

A Land Transport Authority (LTA) spokesperson said the men were hit by a reversing lorry. The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said it was informed of the incident at around 1.15pm. It immediately despatched two ambulances to 20 Lorong Lada Hitam.

According to the police, the SCDF paramedics pronounced a 36-year-old man dead at the scene. While, another man, who was aged 47, was sent to Khoo Teck Puat Hospital. But later he died at the hospital.

The LTA said both the deceased men were from Bangladesh and were working for Gammon, a contractor responsible for fire protection and electrical works. The authority also said it will work with Gammon, as well as main contractor Jurong Primewide, to discuss the compensation for the dead workers and their families.

The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) said in a statement that officers from its Occupational Safety and Health Inspectorate department were sent to the scene. They have already started investigations.

The police investigations are also going on simultaneously. In July, a 30-year-old construction worker died in Marina South after being hit by falling equipment at a PUB worksite.

Worksite fatalities are quite frequent in the country. Recently, the MOM issued a statement that there have been 61 worksite accidents in Singapore so far in 2016.